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Development Director - Los Angeles, Non-Profit Organization

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.


The high level:

The Development Director (DD) is part of a team of fundraisers and relationship builders working together to support Reading Partners’ strategic growth plan. The Development Director’s main roles are to create and implement the overarching regional fundraising strategy, lead cultivation and stewardship of many high level external relationships, and lead, develop, and mobilize a local development team to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. The Development Director directly manages a Development Associate. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development Director creatively develops, leads and drives ambitious fundraising strategy, board management in close partnership with the Executive Director, and new fundraising generation. As a trusted advisor and strategic thought partner to the Executive Director, the Development Director is a senior leader in the region who catalyzes regional growth as a resource mobilizer, as a fundraising and external relations expert, and as a savvy people leader and relationship builder. 


What you’ll do:

Each year, create, lead, and drive overarching fundraising strategy, operational plans, and all revenue activities to meet or exceed the private fundraising goal of $1.3 million for the Los Angeles region.

Manage a portfolio of existing and new foundation, corporate, and individual relationships to meet annual fundraising goal by the end of the fiscal year Maintain, renew, and upgrade the current portfolio of donors Support the region in raising a minimum 5% more than previous year revenue goal. Own, develop and implement innovative strategies to increase support from new funding streams Create fundraising strategic plan for the next 3-5 years Drive regional external relations and local brand

Grow prospects and pipeline for major individual donors Increase corporate giving partnerships by 20% Reestablish Reading Los Angeles’s signature event   Support Board and partner engagement and stewardship

Build and support a highly invested board Manage annual Board fundraising planning and goal achievement Work collaboratively with Board and partners to expand supporter network Develop high-quality, mission-aligned email and social media content to steward donors and grow brand awareness  Lead and manage fundraising for annual event and campaigns Other duties as needed. 


How you’ll do it:


Strategic Planning:

Demonstrate an ability to devise innovative regional strategic fundraising plans, create action steps, and mobilize many stakeholders to achieve fundraising goals. Build sustainable plans to maximize market opportunities, meet goals and significantly grow funding. In addition, leverage systems, people, and resources to drive processes and track progress against goals to report on progress to senior leadership and board. Execute work in a highly organized, analytical, and data-informed manner. External Relations & Communication 

Demonstrate advanced experience in external relations, board management and communication, and strategic stewardship and cultivation of donors.  Deliver convincing messaging and demonstrate a genuine joy in connecting with donors, and all external stakeholders that reflects Reading Partners’ culture and values. Serve as an ambassador of Reading Partners. Quickly establish credibility when promoting Reading Partners to external audiences. Demonstrate a high degree of comfort and poise with donors, corporations, and prospects.  New Revenue Generation

Demonstrate a strong track record in driving development efforts in rapidly growing organizations particularly in Los Angeles. Demonstrate ability to hit fundraising goals, generate new funding sources, and run sophisticated corporate and individual giving campaigns.  Demonstrate success in cultivation. Show a strong hunger and drive to not only drive strategy internally, but also to heavily participate in external relationship building and fundraising. People Leadership

Positively collaborate with, and lead an internal team to meet and exceed aggressive fundraising goals. Consistently coach, grow, and create stretch assignments to grow future fundraising leaders from within.   

What we offer:

Reading Partners offers the full package – great benefits, a great place to work and the opportunity to have a glowing and growing career. 

This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. The salary range for this role is $88,000 to $93,000 per year. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flex spending accounts, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and currently a 403(b) match option. We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us.  

The other things you need to know:

Travel: This position travels regularly throughout Los Angeles. This position may also involve occasional travel to Reading Partners’ National Headquarters in Oakland, CA.   

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. Please include your salary needs.  Resume


About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

Have 5+ years of increasing responsibility in a development or related role  Have successfully lead a team for at least 1 year Are an exceptional and persuasive communicator in writing and verbally Are achievement-oriented and have a demonstrated track record of achieving aggressive fundraising goals Hold a Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience  Can prove eligibility to work in the U.S. legally Boast a deep belief in our mission Root your work in our core values COVID-19 vaccination is required unless a medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved. Please review our Vaccination Policy. Bonus Points if you:

Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations Have a high degree of comfort with Salesforce or other fundraising database Have experience working in education or literacy

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